Who can believe it; the first week of August. The summer is just about over. School will be starting soon and the population of your church is going to start growing. All the vacationers, snowbirds (I say that with a smile because we moved here to get away from the Virginia cold winters) and new families looking for some escape from the brutal winters will be coming our way. Is your church ready for the increase in numbers at your worship center? With every new possible member there is also the possibility that a new danger could be darkening your doors. Are you prepared?
In July our world seemed to travel deeper to the dark side. On July 07, a peaceful protest in Dallas turned into one of the deadliest days in law enforcement history since 9-11 that left five officers dead and nine others injured. Later in the month we saw it again in Baton Rouge where three more officers were ambushed. July 14 we watch in horror as images started coming across the ocean of the tragedy happening in Nice, France. While writing this email I saw the death count has risen to 85. Between July 18 and July 24, Germany had four violent terrorist attacks that left ten people dead and over a dozen injured. When we didn’t think it could get any worse we heard the news how on the 26th of July, two Islamist terrorist killed an 85-year-old priest by slitting his throat in front of the congregation. Let us remember that God commands us to love everyone, including our enemies and that all lives matter. God doesn’t see black, white, brown or any color at all. He sees the followers, us, as children of God, heirs to God’s glory. While this world is falling apart we need to be praying more and watching for those that want to destroy what we believe in, the love of Jesus Christ.
Here is the States for the month of July churches were not immune to incidents that will shake their foundations. We saw a church that witnessed two men shot right outside their building during a Sunday morning service, a two-year-old boy died after being left in a vehicle outside a church in Dallas, and churches across the country continue to be vandalized and broken into. While two men were arguing in a church’s parking lot, one of the men pulled a gun to shoot the other person and shot and injured the pastor of the church, several churches are experiencing sin destroying the fabric of their community from church staff being involved in sexual abuse on juveniles and another church is facing how to handle a rape that happened in one of their bathrooms. Domestic violence issues are on the rise and churches have been grappling on how to handle the delicate situation within the laws of the state and the boundaries of the church. Outside of a Chicago church, a couple that had been members of the church for more than 20 years and had recently separated, witnessed an unimaginably incident where the estranged husband waited for his ex-wife to come out of the church where he killed her then killed himself.
Are you doing all you can to help prevent these types of incidents from happening at your church? What is your procedure for injunctions against family members? If a member of your church admits to having been battered by her husband what is your responsibility? If someone confesses a crime against another person what do you think your responsibility is? How you handle these types of incidents? How do you change your place of worship from being a soft target to that of a church that has watchmen and watchwomen on the walls working hard to give the members the feeling they can come to their church and worship without fear?
On August 13, 2016 we will be meeting at Calvary Chapel in St Petersburg to talk about the “Why and How” to implement a church safety team. We need to get the word out; we need to invite every single church in the area to this event. Brothers and sisters, Satin knows no boundaries, he moves from house of worship to house of worship looking for a way to destroy the sanctuary of the church and we need to meet together, prepare for war against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, because it is coming. I promise you, if you are not ready, getting ready or have it together but want to share best practices this event is for you and your church.
How can Trinity Security Allies help you? Join us Saturday August 13 to learn more for our Church Safety Team Outreach Event.
Jim has many years of law enforcement experience and has run the safety team at his church for several years. TSA was formed after he realized God's calling when multiple churches reached out and asked him to present at their church.